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Dan is being rewarded with a loss in inches and weight!  (Photo: Contributed)
Dan is being rewarded with a loss in inches and weight! (Photo: Contributed)

The Challenge: Week Nine

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Weigh-in Week 9
Weight: 345 lbs.

When you are "flat" with week to week weight loss the tendency is to hyper analyze what is going on. Was it that bag of popcorn you had at the movies, or the rum and coke with your friends Saturday night that have derailed you for the week? Did I work out enough? Maybe I didn’t work out hard enough? Parts of you feel like just giving up. How many more things do you need to change each week to make that scale work in your favour? The fact of the matter is, I don’t think anyone really knows for sure. The body is a very complex thing. I don’t believe there is ever one thing that can explain it all. It is not simple math of calories in and calories out. It is not just reducing stress in your life or whether or not your body is in starvation mode. It is not the GI Diet or Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet or whatever else is out there that that will make the difference.

What I do believe is that if you are watching what you eat and you are working out and you are keeping a positive attitude, eventually all those things won’t matter. With a consistent daily effort, over time, your body will have no choice but to respond to your hard work. Patience, determination and consistency are all you really need to reach your goals.

Today was weigh-in day. I am currently at 31 lbs weight lost in nine weeks of training. Finally the scale has rewarded me with some numbers. I have lost four inches from my belly and four inches from my hips. I have to find a seamstress to take in my dress pants for work and hopefully my dress shirts as well. Most importantly I am feeling strong and healthy. I am completing more tasks each day then ever before. I am running, skipping rope and doing push ups on my toes instead of my knees. I have even walked up and biked up Knox Mountain in the past five days.

One thing I have learned about myself is this - if I think I CAN’T do something TRY it first then decide if you can’t or not. Nine times out of ten you CAN do it. It might not look the same as how other people do it, you might not be the fastest and it might not be perfect, but it CAN be done.

My team suggested we walk up Knox Mountain instead of our weekly walk around City Park. Immediately I thought there was no way I could do that, but I knew enough to try. We just stuck to the paved road and went from the bottom right up to the top of the hill. There were some really steeps parts and my legs and lungs were burning, but I just kept one foot in front of the other and eventually we were at the top. The trip down was worse as I could feel the pain in my shins and knees. You are fighting gravity on your way down and that hill is very steep in parts.

The second time I climbed the hill with the team I thought I would ride my bike up instead. I thought that at least on the way down I wouldn’t be killing my knees and shins. What a surprise that was. I think walking is much easier! My team quickly got ahead of me and then I was alone in no time. My bike has a great climbing gear. You are very slow, but you can peddle at almost any incline. The challenge wasn’t my ability to do it, it was the ability to push myself to do it. All I wanted to do was turn around and coast down the hill or come up with some excuses like my knees and shins were burning, or I shouldn’t have tried in the first place. However, I would know I had quit and given up. Many times during my life I have quit when it gets tough. It’s time for a new way of living. If you always do what you have done, you will always get what you have got.

The self-talk started and the "bad Dan" made an appearance. "You can’t do it, why are you doing this to yourself? Just turn around and the pain will go away. It hurts, make it stop. You are not a jock, stop trying to be someone you are not." These are some of the many things I say to myself when it gets hard.

What "bad Dan" wasn’t ready for was the new "Strong Dan" that is emerging. Here is what he had to say, "Just get to the next corner and take a quick break. Bring your heart rate down a bit and then decide if you want to go back or not. Hey, your legs don’t hurt, but your heart rate is up let’s just slow it down a touch. Oooh your heart is strong but now your legs are hurting a bit, let’s just walk it out for a bit. You walked up this hill on Saturday, at the very least you can do that again. You got this man, don’t stop, YOU are worth it. You always quit, why don’t you try to finish this time for a change and see what happens?"

By the time the rest of my team had made it to the top and had started down the hill again I had reached the final switch-back and only had a couple of hundred yards to go. I couldn’t breathe and I was exhausted. They asked me if I wanted to turn around and I said, “Nope, I got this far I should finish it up.” So I did. I got back on my bike put it in the low gear and finished off what I started.

I just want to finish with some words from a close friend of mine. He was on our high school basketball team and has always been involved is sports and has an athletic mind. I asked him what his self-talk is when things get tough. "When you are playing basketball in the 4th quarter and your legs are burning and you can’t breathe, what gets you to run down the other end of the court and make a basket?"

The one thing he said that struck home was that athletes are finishers. Whether it is a ball game, 100 meter dash or 5000 meter swim, it’s all about getting to the finish line or hearing that buzzer go off at the end of the game. So then pain doesn’t really matter. Finishing the task does and nothing gets in the way of that.

He also finished with the following that I just had to share. This is the kind of support I am getting from readers, family and friends.

"So in affirmation of my firm belief in the greatest man I've ever known: Dan Boundy, I believe in you, I love you in every regard, you are worth it, you can do this I know you can! You're more stubborn than you think, so get out there and be an ox and push through.  Stick to your plan, don't deviate, be relentless. You are not a victim, you a winner. Winners don't quit. Winners finish the race. Strive to only eat the healthiest options available. Eat to survive only, don't eat for pleasure.  Love what you're doing, burn the bridges, burn the boats, no turning back." 

Bah! It still chokes me up reading it! Thanks Wayne! The past nine weeks have been a game changer for me. I am confident I will never see 376 lbs again. I am even more confident that by the time I do the Try a Tri in August I will be under 275 lbs. Who knows, I might even be out there training some other 376 lb man to repeat my story.

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Dan Boundy, Marketing Consultant for Castanet Media has accepted this challenge. Dan is 37-years-old, 6 ft. 4 in. tall and his starting weight was 373 lbs.

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